Recommerce Group reviving phones through REBOX

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Recommerce Group, in collaboration with Ecologic France, is launching REBOX, a project dedicated to the responsible collection of old phones for reconditioning or recycling. This initiative aims to extend the life of electronic devices, thereby reducing the environmental impact of their production and minimising the need for extracting new raw materials like coltan and lithium.

The digital sector’s contribution to global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is nearly 4% and is projected to rise above 7% by 2040. The manufacturing phase of electronic devices is responsible for the majority of these emissions, up to 92%. Despite this, an estimated 50 million phones remain unused in homes. REBOX offers a solution to put these idle devices to use, either by giving them a new life or by recycling their valuable components.

Supporting the REBOX initiative, Boulanger and Electro Dépôt have established collection points in 300 stores across the country. These efforts are part of a larger movement supported by Ecologic, the eco-organization that manages the national network for repairing, reusing, and recycling electrical and electronic equipment. This partnership facilitates the collection and processing of EEE, contributing to a more sustainable approach to electronic waste management.

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